Exercise

We all know living an active lifestyle and exercising regularly is good for our health.  As mentioned in the Physical Therapy section exercise helps with the gait and balance issues in PD. Tai Chi, Yoga and Dance can be very beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s.  People with Parkinson’s are no exception and may even gain more from exercise than someone without Parkinson’s disease (PD).   Exercise can help maintain and improve some of the hallmark motor symptoms associated of PD, including issues with mobility, balance and gait.  Researchers now believe exercise is also beneficial for managing non-motor symptoms, such as depression and constipation, and it may even slow the progression of the disease.  According to David Lehman, Ph.D., P.T. and Mark Hirsch, Ph.D., exercise “in addition to helping with movement, researchers now believe that exercise may influence the progression of Parkinson’s disease.  Most of this research is based on animal models of Parkinson’s, but some of the findings may apply to humans.”  People with PD are encouraged to exercise to the highest extent of their ability, which may include participating in a movement therapy class.  Visit the Current Programs page for a list of Movement Therapy programs across the Carolinas.

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Articles

Parkinson disease and Exercise 2013

APDA Aquatic exercise

APDA Be Active Exercise Program for PWP

Nordic Walking study

NPF exercise tips

NPF neuroprotective benefits of exercise

PD exercise impact

Videos

NPFGuru: What types of exercise or exercise programs are recommended?

NPFGuru: What are the neuroprotective benefits of exercise for PD patients?

DVDs

LIM Yoga, instructor has PD, $14.95

NPF recommends Easy Tai Chi-Qigong – $33